When he’s finished with The Witches, Robert Zemeckis looks set to sign up to sci-fi project Areas – more details right here.

With films such as the Back To The Future trilogy and Contact under his belt, director Robert Zemeckis’ science-fiction credentials hardly need proving. That said, he’s planning a return to the genre at last, once he’s done directing the new big screen adaptation of Roald Dahl’s The Witches.

Zemeckis is set to take the helm of Areas for Warner Bros (for whom he’s filming the aforementioned The Witches). This one has been penned by one of the Captain Marvel movie’s scribes, Geneva Robertson-Dworet. She’s put together a story about an astronaut who survives their space capsule crash landing in the desert on Earth. But then he begins to suspect that there’s more to his mission than he first though, with a potential conspiracy theory to unravel.

We’d assume that he’d signed up to this one as his next project, as thus far he’s in ‘advanced negotiations’ for the film.

No word yet on who’s going to be lining up in the ensemble, but we’re excited to find out more. Intriguingly too, Roland Emmerich is attached as executive producer, which makes us wonder if he was originally in line to direct.

More on Areas as we hear it.

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